Rochester Hills Small Group


It was our penultimate meeting with Kelly as a host of the Rochester Hills Small Group. As always, there was plenty of WFPB food, and everyone enjoyed eating and socializing! There were a few new participants as well. The topic was diabetes, and the group discussed the root cause of the disease along with some research studies on the connection between diet and diabetes and how WFPB lifestyle can address the condition. It was an evening full of information and good food!


Birmingham Small Group

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Birmingham group was honored to welcome Paul Chatlin who made a point to give each person who attended  a chance to introduce themselves and tell their story. We also discussed gut health, and went over many prebiotic foods and probiotic options. All members have been challenged to increase daily vegetable intake and to discuss and process the experience, or lack of it next month.


Dearborn Small Group


Hello everyone!  We had another special time of learning, laughter and great food at our small group gathering. We had 12 people attend, and there was a nice assortment of great food to sample, while we settled in and visited with one another.

Then we decided to watch the documentary, Cowspiracy, and had a lively discussion afterwards. Learning about the impact our standard American diet has on our health, environment and world, is quite sobering and gives us all more incentive to closely examine our food choices. 

I am very proud of how our group respects everyone's ideas and struggles, as we navigate through this lifestyle. Not everyone is at the same place, regarding plant-based, whole food eating, and many come to visit, to see what it's all about. That is where our group norms come into play. Everyone is to be respected and treated with kindness, no matter how they eat, or what they think. We are all on a journey and we are all at different places on that journey. It''s so exciting to see how so many have changed and grown, since we started this small group many years ago. It just keeps getting better and better!


Troy Small Group


We had a great meeting at Whole Foods! Many of us had a great salad from the salad bar and wonderful conversation. We discussed the movie Unsupersize Me available on Amazon that comes highly recommended. Batch cooking was discussed and a handout of recipes and ideas were shared. We are planning on sharing more recipes in future meetings. We welcomed two new members and are so happy to have them with us.


Rochester Hills Small Group


At the Rochester Hills Small Group, it was a smaller-than-usual meeting of 12 enthusiastic participants who asked a lot of questions. Topics discussed ranged from types of soy products to addressing barriers to change. The food topic was "Big Salad" (like the one pictured here) which uses greens as the base in generous amounts and any combination of vegetables (raw or cooked), grains, legumes, and raw nuts/seeds (in small amounts) on top. There were greens (of course!), cucumber, turnip, tomatoes, shredded carrots, red onions, radish, raw and roasted cauliflower, bean sprouts, beets, tabouli, roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa, black lentils, beet hummus, sunflower seeds, infused balsamic vinegar for dressing, oranges for dessert and more! As always, it was en educational and delicious meeting!  


Dearborn Small Group

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We had an excellent meeting, with great food and conversation. We were planning on showing a video called, Cowspiracy, but after our sharing, we didn't get the chance. We will plan on showing this documentary at our next meeting. It's the same person who was in What the Health documentary. 

Jim Balla told us about an amazing vegan cheese sauce, that he puts on everything (to quote Jim, if this sauce was on dirt, he would eat every bite)  The link to this recipe is: (you might need to copy and paste this link to get it to work for you.)


Rochester Hills Small Group

The first meeting of the new year at the Rochester Hills Small Group attracted 17 participants, including three new participants! As always, there was plenty of WFPB food for every one to enjoy. The topic was "heart health," and Host Kelly discussed some studies showing positive benefits of whole food plant-based nutrition on heart health, emphasizing the idea that what's good for the heart is also good for the entire body, including the brain. The topic generated some interesting discussion, and as always, it was a lively and delicious meeting.  


Rochester Hills Small Group

We welcomed Paul Chatlin as our guest, and he led the group discussion. Over 20 people participated, and everyone introduced themselves. Paul talked about his favorite dishes that are super easy to make and discussed behavior change. In order to adopt a healthy lifestyle, the way we think about health and nutrition must change. As always, there were lots of delicious WFPB dishes, including lentil loaf, minestrone soup, roasted root vegetables, collard wraps, fruit plates, chocolate filled strawberries, black bean brownies, and cranberry sauce. It was a festive and inspirational night! 


Dearborn Small Group


We had an enjoyable meeting last night, with our leader and friend, Paul Chatlin. He shared with us some exciting things coming to pbnsg next year, including a return of the Dr. Esselstyn. The bonus for us all is that he will be bringing his wife, Ann, and daughter Jane. If anyone has ever seen this mother and daughter team, you already know how enjoyable and funn!y these two are together.


Be sure to check the website from time to time, and watch for all the special events that will help us all choose a healthier lifestyle to live by. Whether its learning how to cook, shop and go to restaurants, while transitioning to this wonderful lifestyle. Also having the opportunity to seeing incredible speakers that will help us become motivated to embrace Plant-Based, Whole Foods.


Anne Normand brought a unique dish to our meeting and it was enjoyed by all (evidence of this, was the empty pot at the end of the night). These were moong beans from India, and can be found on Amazon at this link:


Phyllis unthank brought a healthy “Waldorf” salad with these ingredients; 3 Lg Delicious apples chopped, 4 ribs celery chopped, 1/2-3/4 cups chopped & toasted walnuts, 3/4-1 cup diced dates,& chunk or tidbit of pineapple in its own juice ( drained & save the juice ). Mix well & add pineapple juice to just moisten. Refrigerate. ( I added the nuts just before serving.)


I had my usual potato-bean-vegetable soup and there was so much more that was brought by Mike & Karen, Jim Balla, John Szabo and Stephanie Vail. Thanks for all the support, love and laughter to all of our friends who grace our home. We truly love hosting such a fine group of people!!


Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 19th at Thai Vylai Restaurant at: 6555 Allen Rd., Allen Park (just south of Southfield Rd.) at 7:00pm. There phone # is 313-768-5324, if you have any questions for them.  Connie and I will be in Florida all of December and half of January (but for those who just want to see Gracie, she will be staying in our house with our neighbor, who moves in for the entire time we are gone) We hope to be home to host our pbnsg small group on January 16th. We will be so excited to see everyone, after such a long time without our fix of the best, healthiest people I know!!


With every bite you take, you are either feeding disease, or fighting it!